From The Mag

Reader question: What are you most thankful for?

Written by Lara

Yes, this is for the November issue. Hard to believe, but in just about 6 weeks, Americans will gather around a dead bird and be thankful. So let’s get an early start, shall we?

What are you most thankful for this year?

Let’s keep it air-sports-related-ish if we can, but no one’s getting ostracized if what you’re thankful for has nothing to do with flying.

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Select responses will be printed in the November 2014 issue of Blue Skies Mag. Comment here or email; sign your comment or email with the name you want published in the mag. Responses may be edited for spelling, grammar or space.


  • I am thankful for finding the sport of skydiving and meeting all of the wonderful people in it. Skydiving has given my life a whole new dimension. I am also thankful that I walked away from a very bad accident that I should not have walked away from, let alone lived through. I am extremely thankful for the amount of people who came running to cut me free, offered fist aid (and rides to the ER), and then gently chewed my ass over bad decisions when I had my accident. My skyfamily, near/far and living/passed away, I am thankful for each and everyone of them.

  • I’m thankful for the awesome load organizers at Skydive Twin Cities! Especially John and Lisa Shinnick and Mike Livieri. These folks put in countless hours this season, always willing to put together fun dives inclusive of jumpers of all experience levels. We are lucky to have such great folks to learn from and have fun with!

  • I am thankful for Flight One’s canopy courses which have helped me become a better canopy pilot, Skydive Carolina for sponsoring the courses, achieving my B license, and my wife who encourages me in the sport!

  • I am thankful that I get to work at a great company with such fantastic people in a great industry. I am also thankful that the skydiving community is so inter-generational: I see folks who are 18 through 80 being friends, having a beer and sharing with such passion their common interest!

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